As a Florida oil spill claims lawyer, I am wondering if Kenneth Feinberg is working for BP or for the claimants. So far I am very disappointed with Mr. Feinberg’s proposed protocol for administering the fund for Oil Spill claimants.

His plan calls deductions for what shrimpers have earned so far cleaning up the spill from their final payout. This is another example of BP taking advantage of the desperation of those affected by their negligence the most. First BP tried and succeeded in paying shrimpers to help in the dangerous cleanup work. Now BP wants these folks to release potential claims against other subcontractors involved in the spill just because they had reached a some kind of deal with BP.

Those affected by the oil spill should seek legal counsel before making any decisions regarding their potential claims.